With the pandemic (finally) starting to fizzle out, we can really celebrate our dads, granddads and father figures like we want to. Well, almost—but we’re getting there! This year, more places and events have begun opening up to make Dad’s day a special one. With so many things to do on Father’s Day, here are a dozen ways to get dad out of the house, no matter what his interests. Grab your masks. It’s time to celebrate, and Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Tinybeans & Red Tricycle!
Take Him to the Land of the Lost
Kids and dinosaurs go together like peas and carrots. And chances are good that Dad is just as fascinated. Get the cameras out, because now your family can have your own meet-and-greet with theses beasts. Set up in a wooded corner of Woodland Park Zoo is Dinosaur Discovery which brings these life-sized majestic creatures to life thanks to animatronics. Created by "Dino Dan" (who was recently featured on an episode of ABC's Shark Tank), this collection is a must-see for your Dino Dad. Spread out around a smooth, paved path, each dinosaur has a plaque explaining what species it is and some brief information. The creatures move and roar too, so keep this in mind if you've got tots.
Good to know: There is an extra fee to see this exhibit. The pathway is one-way only, meaning that you can't go back, so take your time walking through.
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Bring Out the Hero in Him
There is a line in the song about Gaston, the arrogant villain in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, that says he uses antlers in all of his decorating. And it's true. Even his costume in the live action version of the story features antlers in his buttons. This is just one of the many details that can be found at MoPOP's newest exhibit, Heroes and Villains: The Art of Disney Costume. Wow dad with a peek at this just-opened exhibit. It is a collection of more than 70 original costumes and props used in some of your favorite Disney movies over the years. If your Dad is a Disney fan, this is a must-see and another good excuse to revisit this museum of pop culture.
325 5th Ave. N.
Make a Big Splash with Dad
Just in time for Father’s Day, Wild Waves Water & Theme Park is opening for the season. Dad and his mini skippers can take to the waves or to the rides at this theme park that offers both. Get your tickets while you can and keep your fingers crossed for a stunningly sunny day. Psst… make sure your day’s a successful one with our Insider’s Park Guide.
Wild Waves Theme & Water Park
36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S.
Federal Way, WA
Get Grilling with Dad
If Dad counts Tom Douglas among his heroes, he’ll jump at the chance to take this hands-on cooking class with his sidekick. They’ll set to work in the cooking studio making burgers with homemade buns, curly fries and malted milkshakes. Even prepping the perfect pickle is part of this class that ends with s’mores and totally full tummies. The class is for dads and kids ages 3-6. Psst… there’s also a class at the Kirkland studio if you live on the Eastside.
2643 N.E. University Village St.
Take Him to His Dream Car
They say that you never forget your first love and for many guys - that was his first car! LeMay's America's Car Museum in Tacoma features 250 cars and artifacts from a span of over 100 years. From the Model T to the Mercury Station Wagon (complete with wood paneling) to the fictional Flintmobile, you'll find them all here along with a number of activities like a driving simulator, the Family Zone and the State Farm Theatre. Psst... or plan a special trip with the fam later in the month to catch LeMay's newest exhibit about the Alpha Romeo. It opens on June 26.
Good to know: Families can also take Pop to see classic cars on the streets of Burien on June 20.
LeMay America's Car Museum
2702 E. D St.
Take Him On A Thrilling Adventure
We bet Dad didn’t know that the largest ropes course in the greater Seattle area was in Everett. In addition to over 50 different obstacles and ziplines throughout three levels at the park, High Trek Adventures also offers axe throwing, mini golf, pig pin toss and tactical laser tag played outdoors in direct sunlight! And now, High Trek Adventures is offering combo tickets where you and Dad can spend three hours of adventurous fun. Psst...remember to make reservations online. They are bound to fill up quickly.
High Trek Adventures
11928 Beverly Park Rd.
Take Him for a Round of Golf
For Dad's special day, we recommend setting up a tee time at one of the area’s most beautiful miniature golf courses. On the top of our list? King Mini Golf Park in Puyallup because the course features challenging ramps, obstacles, water hazards and more. If the weather goes sour, then maybe take Dad indoors to one of the four Flatstick Pub locations (including the newest one in Bellingham) to enjoy mini golf, pizza and Dad can enjoy his favorite microbrew.
Give Him a Doughnuts & Coffee Cruise
Surprise dad with a tour of Lake Union like no other, aboard the U.S.S. Glazed or Sprinkles. These Seattle Doughnut Boat Company’s boats are so easy to operate, no skipper is required, and they will actually seat up to six people quite comfortably. Make your reservation ahead of time and the friendly crew can get you and your party aboard and sailing away within ten minutes. Since you can pack along your own food and drink, make a stop at Top Pot Doughnuts (there's one close by at 609 Summit Ave. E.) for dozen and a coffee.
1001 Fairview Ave. N.
Take Dad On a Wild Adventure
If your dad walks on the wild side, take him to the place where the animals roam free—Northwest Trek. Although the iconic tram tours are currently on hold, the park's walking trails and animal habitats are a great way for families to get outside and see something you don't see every day (at least in the city). While you're there, book a Wild Ride Tour. Imagine the awe of seeing a moose or newborn bison calf from the comfort and safety of your own car. After you've seen it all, let the kids run wild at the Kid's Trek playground. We think it's the coolest!
Good to know: Follow up your excursion with lunch at the Cruiser Café. Treat Dad to a Varsity Burger and beer or any of many items available. A kid’s menu is available too.
11610 Trek Dr. E.
Take Him to Meet Some Heroes
Whether he is pro-Marvel or pro-DC, this walking tour is for him. Funko’s headquarters in Everett has an amazing store that really is an outing all on its own with plenty of photo ops including a life-sized Batmobile, a Disney castle and a Marvel comics downtown. Plus, their windows always feature amazing displays. Around the corner you’ll find Everett Comics which is one of the nicest comic book stores we’ve ever been to. Here you can browse with dad and let him pick the perfect comic book to pair with a Funko figurine.
Good to know: Don’t miss the legendary Karl’s Bakery right next door which usually offers some Funko-related goodies, as well as a good assortment of doughnuts and other treats.
2802 Wetmore Ave.
Take Him to the Movies & the Races
The Backlot Tavern is Oak Harbor's Blue Fox Drive-In's newest addition, offering 12 rotating taps and a wide variety of cans and bottle drinks, as well as some exclusive appetizers, all to be enjoyed before the movies begin. Unfortunately, minors are not allowed in the tavern, so we suggest bringing Grandpa along too! Or challenge Dad to a go cart race! Dinner's the easy part. Although outside food and drink aren't allowed, you can help a local business by purchasing dinner from the drive-in’s snack bar. Pizza, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, nachos, hand-cut curly fries, mac-n-cheese bites, gourmet popcorn and ice cream should keep dad (and the kids happy) as everyone enjoys a blockbuster on the big screen.
Blue Fox Drive-In
1403 Monore Landing Rd.
Oak Harbor, WA
Take Him to the Top of the World
When was the last time Dad's been to Seattle's Space Needle? You know, since they re-did the whole thing and put up glass walls allowing for more amazing views (and more thrills!). The top of the Needle is now referred to as Atmos and includes three levels: the 500-foot observation level, with the world’s first revolving glass floor; the 510-foot Ring Level; with less spectacular but still important new restrooms; and the 520-foot observation level, with both indoor and outdoor open-air viewing. Connecting all three is a new grand staircase. The Oculus Stairs are two half-moon shaped staircases built from steel, wood and glass. At the base of the stairs sits the Oculus, a 19 foot by 11 foot glass floor that gives a unique view of the elevators and counterweights. Boy has the place changed since Elvis was here!
400 Broad St.
Seattle, WA 98109
—Jeffrey Totey, Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla